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Tamarack Foundation U Webinar Series: Financially Empowered. Creatively Free.


Natural Capital Investment Fund, in collaboration with the Tamarack Foundation, is pleased to present a three-part webinar series on financial empowerment, built specifically for creative entrepreneurs including artisans, those in the tourism/recreation industry, and agribusiness professionals in West Virginia.

Join us for just one or multiple sessions, detailed below. Business/individuals that participate in all three sessions will be eligible to apply for FREE 1:1 consulting from the trainer. Minerva Financial Arts founder Elaine Grogan Luttrull is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a passion for the arts and supporting creative individuals with her financial planning skills. Elaine’s clients include Americans for the Arts, the Juilliard School, Kennedy Center, and now our Creative Network!

Thanks to the generous support of BB&T, we are able to offer this program at $15 per webinar or $40 for all three.

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Part 1: Financial Wellness – August 14, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Having complete creative freedom means you never have to say yes to something you’d rather refuse, just for the money. And if you are financially empowered, you can do just that. In this kick-off webinar, the first of a three-part series, we’ll unpack the definition of financial empowerment, identify the five financial metrics you should pay close attention to, and review actionable steps you can take to boost your own financial wellness. As part of this webinar, participants will:

  • List the five key financial metrics to monitor.

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Part 2: Budgeting – September 4, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Being informed, intentional, and mindful about your finances is the best route to empowerment. (And budgeting is the best route to being informed, intentional, and mindful about your money.) So where to begin? There are five steps to the budgeting process, and we’ll walk you through them all in detail, including a few key points to make the process easier along the way. You’ll leave with a budget you can make your own, ready to connect it to your goals. As part of the webinar, participants will:

  • List five steps to the budgeting process.
  • Apply the steps to a budgeting activity.

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Part 3: Portfolio Careers – October 9, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

“I just need more money” isn’t a business plan, even though it can seem like the simple solution to financial woe. In this webinar, the third of the three-part series, we’ll review the portfolio career framework to match your own strengths with opportunities to monetize those strengths. After all, diversifying your income – that is, earning income from a variety of activities – can protect your earnings strategy throughout the year. As part of this webinar, participants will:

  • Define starring role, supporting cast roles, and production assistance work in the context of a portfolio career.
  • Identify strengths and opportunities to monetize those strengths within a portfolio career.

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This webinar is part of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts training and education program, Tamarack Foundation U. As part of the program, we host and share webinars, blog posts, Q&A sessions with experts, resources from the Web, and more.

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About the presenter:

AElaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri. She holds a master of accountancy, a bachelor of science in accountancy, and a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in economics. She is a Certified Professional Accountant in Missouri and Ohio with a Personal Finance Specialist designation in Ohio. She also holds a designation from the AFCPE as an Accredited Financial Counselor (R). She also completed a graduate certificate in financial therapy from Kansas State University.

Elaine founded Minerva Financial Arts in 2009, where she works to build financial literacy in creative individuals and organizations through education and coaching. She serves just over 1,000 people per year through workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, and her goal is to make all creative individuals both financially empowered and creatively free. Her work focuses on empowerment above all else, connecting financial decisions with creative goals. Elaine’s ability to explain complex financial and accounting topics to both experts and non-experts has created an incredible demand for both her writing and presentations. She contributes regularly to Professional Artist magazine, the Clark Hulings Fund’s Perspectives series, and a variety of other publications.

Elaine has developed business and entrepreneurial curriculum for institutions as varied as St. Lawrence University, the Columbus College of Art & Design, and the Ohio State University. Her courses focus on personal finance for creative freelancers, strategic planning for creative businesses, and revenue diversification for non-profit and social enterprise business models. Elaine is an instructor at CCAD and she served as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship at CCAD from 2014 through 2018. She also authored a MOOC (massive online open course) called “Money Matters” that was released in 2017. Her first full-length publication, Arts & Numbers, a financial guide for creative entrepreneurs, was released by Agate Publishing’s B2 imprint in 2013, and her contribution to the AICPA’s publication, Save Happily, Send Wisely: Real Stories About Money and How to Thrive from Trusted Financial Experts, was released in October 2012. Much of Elaine’s curriculum development work is built around Arts & Numbers, she makes her instructor guide to the work available upon request.

Learn more about Elaine at www.minervafinancialarts.com/about/

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About the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts:

The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts builds the creative economy of West Virginia through artist entrepreneurship. When West Virginia creative entrepreneurs are given the boost they need to build their businesses and access new markets, the results include increased national visibility, healthier communities, and a stronger economy reflecting our state’s proud heritage of art and craft.

Find out more about our work at www.tamarackfoundation.org